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Dark Shadows Gets Staked at the Box OfficeLast night I attended a midnight screening of Dark Shadows. Opening weekend of a big budget Tim Burton/Johnny Depp movie, and there were all of seven people in the theater, myself included. Yeah, that’s not a good sign.

This was a great weekend at the box office if your movie was called The Avengers. The Marvel superhero dream team mega blockbuster broke box office records last weekend for highest opening weekend of all time with over $200 million, and this weekend it broke even more records, becoming the first film to make over $100 million in its second weekend.

The only thing Dark Shadows broke was hearts. The hearts of diehard fans of the late Sixties Gothic soap opera upset to see their beloved program made into a big screen comedy. The hearts of “Dark Shadows” fans Johnny Depp and Tim Burton, who had hoped audience would flock to a film that both paid loving tribute to the show while poking fun at its inherent campiness. And the hearts of Warner Brothers, as they spent reportedly somewhere between $150-$175 million producing Dark Shadows, and the opening weekend take probably won’t even cover the marketing expenses.

Despite the name brand that is “A Tim Burton Film” and starring Johnny Depp, generally regarded as one of the only movie stars who can truly open an event film, Dark Shadows underperformed with a highly disappointing $28.5 million second place finish for the weekend, so sayeth Box Office Mojo.

I’m sure many questions will be asked as to why Dark Shadows didn’t open better than it did. Was it because “Dark Shadows” isn’t really that well known to today’s moviegoers? Was it because of the middling reviews? Was it because Warner Brothers waited so late to even so much as put out a trailer for it? Was it because everyone still had Avengers fever and weren’t interested in a Goth vampire fish-out-of-water comedy? Was it because horror comedies are such a hard sell that even the combined box office might of Tim Burton and Johnny Depp couldn’t make it a hit? Was it because people just didn’t like what they were seeing in previews?

I’ll leave that debate to you and the executives at Warner Brother, who, no doubt, are crossing their fingers that Depp is a big enough box office powerhouse internationally to not make Dark Shadows a financial boondoggle.

Speaking of financial boondoggle’s relying on international box office, Battleship sets sail at American theaters next weekend. Word-of-mouth from those that have already seen it overseas is not good at all, and the film is tracking softly, not boding well for its opening weekend. How many headlines next week will feature some variation of the “you sank my battleship” line?

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PG-13 or R? The Strangers: Prey at Night Gets Official MPAA Rating

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Earlier this week we let you guys know that there is a killer The Strangers: Prey at Night fan art competition going on and you can read all the details on that right HERE.

But today we have some cool (if expected) news that The Strangers: Prey At Night hs officially received an R-rating from the MPAA.

The sequel has been rated R for “horror violence and terror throughout, and for language” and I think that makes about as much sense as we could have expected.

For those who are interested in such bits of trivia, the original The Strangers was rated R for “violence/terror and language” so there you go! Impress your friends with MPAA trivia.

Would The Strangers: Prey at Night getting a PG-13 have affected your enthusiasm for the upcoming film? Let us know below!

The Stranger: Prey at Night is directed by Johannes Roberts (47 Meters Down) from a script by Bryan Bertino and Ben Ketai. It stars Martin Henderson, Christina Hendricks, Bailee Madison, and Lewis Pullman.

The film hits March 9, 2018.

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A family’s road trip takes a dangerous turn when they arrive at a secluded mobile home park to stay with some relatives and find it mysteriously deserted. Under the cover of darkness, three masked psychopaths pay them a visit to test the family’s every limit as they struggle to survive. Johannes Roberts directs this horror film inspired by the 2008 smash hit The Strangers.

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Artist Reimagines Superheroes as Tim Burton Illustrations

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The world of Tim Burton has always been full of imagination and wonder built on a surreal and often horrific foundation. Films like Beetlejuice and Sleepy Hollow capture the imagination with stunning visuals, all based on the mind of the visionary director. Burton’s artwork was also featured in his illustrated poetry book The Melancholy Death of Oyster Boy & Other Stories.

Burton’s work has not only amazed viewers for over three decades, it’s also been an inspiration to countless artists and creators. Enter Los Angeles-by-way-of-Russia artist and animator Andrew Tarusov, whose work has been used by companies such as Cosmopolitan, Disney, 20th Century Fox, Maxim, and more. In a series he simply calls “Tim Burton’s Superheros”, Tarusov took 10 of the biggest comic book characters and gave them a dark twist that is 100% befitting of Burton’s style.

You can see a gallery of these images below. To see more of Tarusov’s work, head on over to his official website.

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Totem Review – It’s Not Always A Bad Thing To Look Up From The Bottom Level, If You Like That View

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Starring Kerris Dorsey, James Tupper, Ahna O’Reilly

Directed by Marcel Sarmiento


Following the untimely death of a family’s matriarchal figure, a young woman finds out that managing to hold all of the pieces in place becomes increasingly more difficult when otherworldly infiltrators make their presence felt. We’re going to have to work our way up this Totem, as

17 year old Kellie is the leading lady of the home following the passing of her mother Lexy, and with a needy father and tiny tot of a baby sister, she still keeps things in working order, regardless of the rather large hole that’s been left in the dynamic due to the death. Kellie’s dad after a while decides to ask his lady-friend to move in with the family, so that everyone can move onto a more peaceful existence…yeah, because those types of instances always seem to work seamlessly. As fate would have it, Kellie’s sense of pride is now taking a beating with the new woman in the mix, and her little sister’s new “visitor” is even more disturbed by this intruder – only question is, exactly who is this supernatural pal of sorts? Is it the spirit of their dead mother standing by to keep watch over the family, or is it something that’s found its way to this group, and has much more evil intentions at hand?

What works here is the context of something innately malicious that has found its way into the home – there are only a couple moments that come off as unsettling, but the notion of having to weave through more than half the film acting as a sullen-teen drama is rather painful. The presentation of the “broken family” is one that’s been done to death, and with better results overall, and that’s not to say that the movie is a complete loss, it just takes far too much weeding through at times stale performances and even more stagnant pacing to get to a moderately decent late-stage conclusion to the film. Under the direction of Marcel Sarmiento (Deadgirl), I’d truly hoped for something a bit more along the lines of a disturbing project such as that one, but the only thing disturbing was the time I’d invested in checking this one out. My best advice is to tune into the Lifetime channel if you want a sulky teen-melodrama with a tinge of horror, or you could simply jump into this one and work your way up…but it’s a LONG way to the top.

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Sulky, moody, and ridden with teen-angst buried in the middle of a supernatural mystery – SOUNDS like a decent premise, doesn’t it?

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